I truly believe that great skin comes from a great gut. I try my best to stick to a healthy meal. But there have been times when i fail to do so. A crisp, a chocolate, a cake, a muffin or two 😀 do sneak up in my routine but i do make sure i get my daily dose of supplements . Supplements will not replace a healthy diet but there are times when we need that extra push in order to inch closer to that ‘victory’ line.
Did you know : An estimated 8% of brain matter is composed of omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids exert profound anti-ageing effects on brain structure and function. They have recently been associated with increased volume on the brain’s grey matter increasing the production of vital neurotransmitters and blunt oxidative and inflammatory damage.
The fancy explanation of EPA and DHA :
There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:
- Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. Algae often provides only DHA.
- Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA. You’d have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from fish.
And did you know this >>>> Fish does not produce omega 3 fatty acids!!!
The primary source for Omega-3 EPA and DHA are marine algae and diatoms and other photosynthetic organisms that comprise the phytoplankton. Micro algae and diatoms are consumed by fish, which then accumulate these oils.
I had heard a lot about omega 3 fatty acids being incredibly good for heart health, skin and heath in general. So i decided to give it a go and bought several cheap bottles with 240 capsules ,each containing a measly 110mg of EPA and 100mg of DHA per capsule 😦 , which to be honest at the time didn’t mean all that much to me! And i was fooled into buying these cheap supplements by the Penny sale tactic. Buy one cheap quality supplement and get another for a penny 😦 Most of these supplements are manufactured in China and do not undergo stringent quality control checks. They contain a deadly cocktail of heavy metals, dioxins and PCB’s, microbial contaminants, irradiated material (legal in the US but not in the UK) and GM in raw materials.
Quality supplements: Lambert’s Healthcare has always been my choice of fish oils when it comes to quality, purity and potency. Their fish oil contains 700mg of Omega 3 PER capsule which is both affordable and assures us that . The operative word being ‘PER’ capsule. Their products go through a five stage solvent-free purification process that involves molecular distillation, which removes contaminants, and carbon filtration. This process means that the products conform to the rigorous quality standards set by The European Council. They are also very handy- easy to carry on travels. (I do not have the bottles to prove that i consumed them because i recycled them to store my body scrubs 🙂 If i do find one i will upload a picture in case anybody needed pictorial evidence).
Recently i have been experimenting with liquid fish oil. This particular one by Nature’s Answer provides 1000mg of Omega 3 (EPA and DHA combined) per 5 ml (a teaspoon). I take 2 /3 teaspoons a day depending on the mood and the feel of the day. It is recommended that a person on an average should take 3gms (3ooomg) of Omega 3 to fully function/ sustain! Nature’s Answer fish oil has an orange flavour in order to mask the fishy taste and it doesn’t give you those BURPS! The next brand that i would love to try is Bare Biology which provides 3gms of Omega 3 per 5ml.
I have seen a massive difference in the texture and health of the skin. I feel less irritable, more alert and have more happy skin days to look forward to. My gut feels a lot better. I have better bowel movements in the morning and hence less unfriendly guests on the skin. My eyes definitely look sparkly and lively. The scalp doesn’t feel dry. The follicles feel stronger and less breakage. My immunity is much better and i have been able to keep my sanity for longer ;-). Omega 3 fish oil has helped me improve my mental balance during the PMS episodes. I feel less hungry and hence tend to not binge eat.
Happy Skin == Less Skincare Products to use == Less Money to spend 😀
A win-win situation for me and my wallet!!
Conclusion: NOT ALL omega 3 capsule is worth buying, infact most are not, this is because some are very low in EPA and DHA, that is why it is very important that you check the label before purchasing your supplement and making sure you find a potent source of omega 3 oil (high in EPA and DHA)